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Pleasant Grove home invasion fatal for male intruder

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PLEASANT GROVE — A homeowner shot and killed a man trying to break into his house Sunday morning, police said.

Officers responded to a report of a home invasion in the area of 1700 West and 60 South at 5:42 a.m. where they found Christian Chichia, 24, had been shot, according to Pleasant Grove police Lt. Britt Smith. He died after being taken to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.

A preliminary investigation shows Chichia began pounding on the front door of the house, awakening and alarming the homeowners, Britt said. After he couldn't get in the front door, he climbed to a second-story balcony and tried to get in a door.

Britt said the homeowner armed himself and went to the balcony door. He unlocked the door to talk to the man.

"Once the door was unlocked Chichia attempted to force his way into the residence, and was shot by the homeowner," he said.

Police did not release the name of the homeowner and the incident remains under investigation.

Contributing: Nicole Vowell

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